Few people know the real origins of Valentine's Day and it always amazes me how quickly celebrations of any kind become so very commercialised. Whose idea was Mother's Day, Father's Day and more recently Grandparent's Day. Is it because we are so busy with our lives that we need a 'special' day to be reminded to think about and be grateful for our families and loved ones and all they do in our lives? What about a son's day or a twin sisters day? We should be able to express our emotions and show how we feel about the people we care for any day of the year. That aside it is nice to have an excuse and in the case of Valentine's Day can be a good way to let someone know how you feel who you may not have had the courage to approach otherwise.
So, one of the most traditional Valentines gifts are red roses. Have you ever noticed how some retailers double or even treble the price of red roses around Valentine's Day? Extortion is the word that comes to mind - although they are under great pressure to deliver vast quantities in a short period of time. Why not consider for a refreshing change sending someone flowers other than red roses? Perhaps choose a bouquet in their favourite colour or an arrangement featuring their favourite flower - orchids are a popular choice and they are grown in a huge variety of colours. Even more thoughtful would be a rose-bush for their garden or a miniature one for indoors - that way they can have roses every year and for more than a week!
As popular as red roses for a valentines present is chocolates! Instead of just buying commercially available boxes of chocolates with foil wrapped hearts in a red-heart shaped box, 'nice but not very personal', try instead making your own sweet treats. Strawberries dipped in chocolate, heart-shaped biscuits or a heart-shaped cake, or even buy some chocolate moulds, melt their favourite chocolate and make your own - you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is.
How many ways can you say I Love You? Nine if you choose this really great gift idea of nine stones carved with "I love you..." on the front, and a different "reason" on the back:
...for always getting my jokes
...because you're an inspiration
...because you are so much fun
...because of your great smile
...for being so giving
...because I just do!
...because you love me
...because you rock
...for your honesty
The stones are presented beautifully in a red faux-suede drawstring pouch - why not give your sweetheart one each day leading up to Valentines. These stones actually make a great gift for any friend or family member you feel strongly about and should not be reserved just for Valentine's Day.
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Valentines Day Gift Ideas